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2014 CarbonPoker Card Player Player of the Year Update -- Chris Moorman Into Top Five

WPT L.A. Poker Classic Rearranges The Top Twenty


The top twenty has seen a major shake-up this week in the 2014 Card Player Player of the Year race, sponsored by Carbon Poker. Here is a look at the events that most influenced the overall standings over the past seven days:

World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Main Event

Chris MoormanChris Moorman emerged victorious in the 2014 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event, topping a field of 534 players to win his first major live title, the first-place prize of $1,015,460 and 2,100 POY points.

As a result of this huge win Moorman has climbed to 5th place in the POY standings. The 28-year-old British poker pro, known as “Moorman1” online, became the first player to exceed $10 million in online tournament earnings late last year, and after this event he’s increased his career live tournament earnings to just over $3.9 million as well.

This event was so large that the POY points it awarded were enough to catapult more than just Moorman into the top 20 in the POY standings. Runner-up Glenn Lafaye climbed to 7th place after earning 1,750 POY points and $662,840. Third-place finisher Michael Rocco moved into 13th place with the 1,400 points and $423,440 he scored for his deep run.

Parx Big Stax V

Matt GlantzThe Parx Big Stax V $1,600 no-limit hold’em $250,000 guaranteed no-limit hold’em event drew 471 entrants, blowing away the guarantee to build a prizepool of $685,087. In the end Emad Alabsi came out on top, earning $164,469 and 720 points for the win. Alabsi had already made one prior final table this year in a $450 buy-in event at the Borgata Winter Poker Open and now sits in 62nd place in the overall standings as a result.

Alabsi wasn’t the only player to climb in the POY standings after this event. Parx Poker Ambassador Matt Glantz finished sixth in the event for for $27,070 and 240 points. This was his third final table score of 2014, having finished second in a $5,300 no-limit hold’em eight max at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure just days after placing fifth in the $100,000 buy-in super high roller. As a result of these three score Glantz now sits in 40th place in the overall POY standings with 890 points and year-to-date earnings of $562,493.

Wynn Classic Prelims

James CarrollThe 2014 Wynn Classic will play host to a $5,200 no-limit hold’em main event starting this weekend, but it has also hosted a number of sizable prelims including two huge $550 buy-in $250,000 guaranteed events. The first drew 532 entries to build a $258,020 prize pool, with Rex Clinkscales taking down the title for $39,661 and 420 POY points.

The second $250,000 guaranteed event attracted 613 entries to grow the prizepool to $297,305. In the end James Carroll topped Cody Slaubaugh heads-up for the title, the $46,306 first-place prize and 420 points.

Here is a look at the current top twenty in the POY standings:

Rank Player POY Points Earnings
1 Mike McDonald 3,200 $4,322,895
2 Dominik Panka 3,000 $1,794,594
3 Mustapha Kanit 2,394 $756,016
4 Sorel Mizzi 2,170 $1,045,207
5 Chris Moorman 2,100 $1,015,460
5 Ami Barer 2,100 $1,432,800
7 Glenn Lafaye 1,750 $662,840
8 Sotirios Koutoupas 1,680 $839,670
9 Isaac Baron 1,600 $1,207,599
10 Jake Schindler 1,588 $1,224,504
11 Jonathan Gaviao 1,540 $314,379
12 Anthony Merulla 1,440 $842,379
13 Michael Rocco 1,400 $423,440
13 Eugene Katchalov 1,400 $518,981
13 Jacob Balsiger 1,400 $582,075
16 Farid Jattin 1,392 $326,737
17 Vanessa Selbst 1,352 $1,368,220
18 Mike Leah 1,272 $226,854
19 Pratyush Buddiga 1,260 $219,343
20 Cary Katz 1,248 $451,730

Chris Moorman photos courtesy of Joe Giron / World Poker Tour.